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Australia, N.Z. Stocks: Ramelius, Rio, Nufarm, Stockland

March 26, 2012

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 (AS51) index rose 0.8 percent to 4,297.80 at 12:41 p.m. in Sydney. New Zealand’s NZX 50 Index (NZSE50FG) climbed 0.3 percent to 3,481.70 in Wellington. The following were some of the most active stocks on the market:

Gold mining stocks: Spot gold hit $1,693.60 in overnight trade, its highest level in two months.

Ramelius Resources Ltd. (RMS) , focused on gold projects in Western Australia, had the biggest gain in Australia’s benchmark index, climbing 9.7 percent to 84.5 Australian cents. In Wellington, OceanaGold Ltd. (OGC) gained 2.2 percent to NZ$3.21, the third-largest increase on New Zealand’s benchmark gauge.

The S&P/ASX 200 (AS51)’s information technology sub-index was the best-performing sector of the market, with a 2.3 percent increase, followed by the health index, which climbed 1.2 percent.

Telstra Corp. (TLS) , the country’s largest phone company, rose 0.5 percent to A$3.235, while SMS Management & Technology Ltd. (SMX), a Melbourne-based information technology services group, rose 3.9 percent to A$5.83.

Nufarm Ltd. (NUF) (NUF AU), Australia’s No. 1 herbicides and pesticides manufacturer, fell 3.3 percent to A$4.93. The company released first-half sales figures that were 8.3 percent below analyst expectations.

Stockland (SGP) , the country’s third-largest listed property trust, dropped 3.2 percent drop to A$3.04. The company said that wet weather and the weakness in the country’s housing market meant that earnings per share during the year would be 3.5 percent below previous forecasts.

Mining stocks: The London Metal Exchange Index of prices for six industrial commodities including copper and aluminum rose at the fastest rate in nearly two weeks, climbing 1.3 percent yesterday. Three-month copper futures gained 1.9 percent to $8,535 per metric ton, the biggest climb since March 9.

Sundance Resources Ltd. (SDL) (SDL AU), which is developing an iron-ore mine in central Africa, rose 5.4 percent to 44.25 Australian cents while Boart Longyear Ltd. (BLY) , which supplies drilling equipment for mine exploration, climbed 5.9 percent to A$4.34.

Rio Tinto Ltd. (RIO) rose 0.5 percent to A$64.07 after the world’s third-largest miner said it had completed a $7 billion share buy-back in the company’s London listing.

Mirabela Nickel Ltd. (MBN) , developing a mine in Brazil, suffered the biggest fall on the benchmark with a 6.9 percent drop to 74.5 Australian cents. The stock has fallen 33 percent this year.

Dart Energy Ltd. (DTE) , which is developing coal seam gas projects worldwide, fell 3.3 percent to 29.5 Australian cents. Nymex natural gas fell yesterday to its lowest close in at least 10 years, closing at A$2.21 per British thermal unit.

To contact the reporter on this story: David Fickling in Sydney at dfickling@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John McCluskey at j.mccluskey@bloomberg.net


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